1. WVU-UConn: Running Back Showdown Could Decide Big East

    Maybe no one would have predicted it before the season began, but WVU’s noon game at UConn has turned out to be a showdown between two of the nation’s top 10 running backs...

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  2. WVU 34—Auburn 17: Season Turnaround Victory

    My journalistic responsibility compels me to point this out: As the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail’s Mike Casazza correctly observes, Auburn is not a very good team...

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  3. WVU's Big Opportunity Vs. Auburn

    If WVU can manage a victory Thursday night over Auburn on ESPN—the Mountaineers are three-point favorites—it will be a season-turner for WVU and a chance to re-enter the national consciousness...

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  4. Coach Stewart Seeks to Explain WVU's Problems

    Here are some quotes from Coach Bill Stewart's Tuesday afternoon press conference with my comments. In case you've already wiped it from your mind, WVU prevailed in an underwhelming ...

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  5. West Virginia Fans Booing Coaches, Not Players

    Boos rained down at Mountaineer Field on Saturday during WVU’s sleep-inducing 17-6 win over woeful Syracuse.In his post-game comments, Coach Bill Stewart asked WVU fans to not boo the players...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Frank Ahrens about 6 years ago 763 reads 6 comments

  6. WVU Vs. Syracuse: The Final Tuneup

    Probably if Coach Bill Stewart and his WVU team had their druthers, this season would have started with Villanova, Marshall, Rutgers, and Syracuse THEN face East Carolina and Colorado...

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  7. Where Would WVU Be Under Rodriguez Today?

    Five games into the 2008 season, WVU is 3-2, averaging about half as many points as it did last year and has had three straight games with its starting tailback failing to gain 100 yards...

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  8. WVU 24, Rutgers 17: An Unseen Victory

    I was in L.A. for a friend's wedding last weekend and missed WVU's victory over Rutgers. I live in an age where I've been trained to believe that I can get any content I want whenever and wherever I want and when I can't, it's really frustrating...

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  9. WVU 27, Marshall 3: Back On Track?

    I never thought I would be thinking what I was last week: The Marshall game is make-or-break for WVU football. But, at 1-2, WVU needed a victory. It got one on Saturday, and really, that's all that counts...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Frank Ahrens about 6 years ago 265 reads 5 comments

  10. WVU: End of an Era, Start of a New One

    What WVU fans are watching right now is a football program in transition even as history is transitioning around it.After the Thursday loss to Colorado, WVU stands at 1-2 and surely will fall out of the Top 25...

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  11. WVU's Heartbreaking OT Loss in Colorado

    BOULDER, Colo.--I know they're just kids and I loathe to judge them too harshly, and I know they're professional coaches and trying as hard as they can, but there's just some vitriol I've got to get off my chest: - Third-and-one-inch...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Frank Ahrens about 6 years ago 597 reads 18 comments

  12. WVU-Colorado Football: The Only Thing to Watch For

    There is only one thing to watch for as WVU travels to Boulder tonight to take on the Big 12 Colorado Buffaloes, and it's not the effects of altitude, whether anyone gets run over by Ralphie ...

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  13. West Virginia-Colorado: WVU Defense Back at Full Strength—Will It Be Enough?

    Fiesta Bowl defensive MVP and middle linebacker Reed Williams is ready to play—and not a moment too soon for the Mountaineers...

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  14. No Such Thing As An Upset Anymore: Why Last Year Was No Fluke

    The University of Southern Cal is by far and away the best team in college football. No other team has the skill and speed to stay on the field with the Trojans. Their 35-3 demolition of Ohio State proved that...

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  15. Note to WVU Fans: How About Calming The Freak Down?

    One game does not a season—or a trend—make.Yes, WVU was soundly beaten on offense and defense in the 24-3 loss to East Carolina on Saturday...

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  16. ECU 24, WVU 3: Utter Domination, Humiliation

    Well, that was a wasted nine-hour round trip. Everything about my drive into Tropical Storm Hanna from D.C. went perfectly (drove to Emporia, Va., just as the rain started and by the time the game started at 4:30, the sun was out) except for the game...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Frank Ahrens about 6 years ago 976 reads 24 comments

  17. West Virginia-East Carolina: Five Questions About Stormy Matchup

    As of this writing (Friday, 2:45 p.m.), Hurricane Hanna has not yet washed out the WVU-ECU game in Greenville, N.C., which is pretty much dead center of the storm's projected path...

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  18. Championship Chase: Week One Stock Report

    From the first weekend of college football—all five, glorious, heady, fall-off-the-wagon, wonderful days of it—we learned quite a lot. We learned that the ACC, well, stinks...

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  19. WVU 48, Villanova 21: Three Things We Learned

    What did we learn from the Mountaineers’ convincing win over the Wildcats on Saturday? Three main things. A) Pat White is a polished passer Against a scrappy I-AA team...

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  20. Running Observations On the First Thursday Night of College Football Season

    A) It's great to see college football on TV again, even if it's South Carolina and N.C. State. B) Man, these guys look slow. C) Hope the N.C. State quarterback's okay. D) South Carolina's kicker is named "Succop...

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  21. West Virginia Football Thrives on Being the Underdog

    Prior to last year’s Fiesta Bowl between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Oklahoma Sooners, ESPN ran a national, state-by-state poll asking who users thought would win the game...

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  22. Week One Crystal Ball: Trouble for Mizzou, Clemson

    Oh. My. God. One week from today, the first weekend’s worth of college football games still won’t be over! Can you believe it? Five straight days of games. If only every weekend in the fall could be like this...

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  23. WVU's Pat White: A Long, Hard Look

    Coach Bill Stewart calls his senior quarterback, Pat White, the greatest winner in college football. At 26-4 as a starter, it’s hard to argue with that assessment, statistically...

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  24. WVU's Defense May Carry the Team Early

    I'm here to toss out a little unconventional wisdom. The conventional wisdom is that WVU's high-flying offense (Pat White, Noel Devine, and assorted other fast guys) will outscore enough teams ...

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  25. Injuries, Suspensions Striking Top College Football Teams—Except WVU

    I don’t believe in jinxes (except for this one), because if I did, I wouldn’t write this piece. Further, I take no joy in players’ injuries. But via a combination of injuries and bad behavior, the teams ranked ahead of No...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Frank Ahrens about 6 years ago 1,184 reads 11 comments